The Sunday Guardian

Recognise life’s opportunities

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Aug 04, 2019

Someone has rightly said, “A day you have lived fully was your day. All other days are simply dates on your calendar.” There are two ways of leading your life. One is to simply pass your time, and the other is to avail of your time. If you live just to pass time, you are simply wasting your life. 

But if you spend your days meaningfully, you are truly living. You are making proper use of this amazing blessing that is called life. Every new day brings with it many opportunities. 

Make the most of life when you can

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 28, 2019

Abdullah ibn Umar tells of how the Prophet once took him by the shoulders and said: “Live in this world as though you were a wayfarer.” 

Of our passage through life Abdullah ibn Umar used to say: “In the evening do not wait for the morning and in the morning do not wait for the evening. 

Make the most of your life before you are struck down by illness or death.” (Al-Bukhari).

Material pleasures are only a mirage

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 21, 2019

On 12 November 1985, R.N. Pandey, a second lieutenant in the Indian Army, mistakenly boarded the Jammu Tawi Express, thinking it to be the Tikal Express. It was only as the train steamed out of the station that he realized he was on the wrong train. 

There is a reason behind everything

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 14, 2019

If only this had not happened at this particular time,” All such statements betoken a feeling of unease or distress in the mind of a person. Certain sets of circumstances come into being at the exact points in time allotted to them by God. 

How often have we heard people say things like, “If only we had thought of this before,” or “If only we had postponed our journey” or” if only this had not happened at this particular time,” or even, “If only we could have lived in a different century!” 

Our envy leads us to our doom

MaulanaWahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jun 23, 2019

The American space shuttle; Challenger, built at a cost of one billion dollars, was launched into space on January 28, 1986. But just one minute after its lift-off, it exploded violently, reducing itself and its seven passengers to ashes. 

Patience is binding on a believer

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I The Sunday Guardian  |  Jun16, 2019

Fear of punishment prevents crime

MaulanaWahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian |  June 08, 2019

"The business of legislature," writes Bertrand Russell "is to produce harmony between public and private interests. It is to the interest of the public that I should abstain from theft, but it is not to my interest except where there is an effective criminal law. Thus the criminal law is a method of making the interests of the individual coincide with those of the community" (The History of Western Philosophy, pp. 741-42).

Start change with the individual

Maulana Wahidugddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | June 02, 2019, p. 12

It requires consolidation before expansion

Purify oneself and deserve heaven

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | May 26, 2019

According to God's creation plan, this world is a "testing ground". But why this test, one might ask. This test of life is not a test for its own sake. Rather, it is a means to record how each one of us responds to the different situations that we face in our lives and to identify who among us is deserving of eternal life in heaven.

Looked at in this way, one can say that this world is a world of opportunities for us.